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Dr Frazer Cairns
Head of Dover Campus

Frazer Cairns started his career as a management consultant and journalist after graduating from the University of York in the UK. He retrained as a science teacher and subsequently taught in the UK, Indonesia and Switzerland. Having worked in international schools for most of his career Frazer is particularly interested in the way language is used in multilingual educational settings. He continues to study and contribute to research in this area, holding both Masters and Doctorate degrees in education.

An ex-runner, Frazer enjoys sport, particularly mountain and road bike racing, despite his knees not being what they once were. He is also a keen snowboarder and mountain walker though both are quite difficult in Singapore. Frazer is married to Rebecca and has two children, Matthew and Hannah, both of whom are at the Dover Campus.

De-escalating the academic 'race'
Dr Frazer Cairns
Head of Dover Campus

Frazer Cairns started his career as a management consultant and journalist after graduating from the University of York in the UK. He retrained as a science teacher and subsequently taught in the UK, Indonesia and Switzerland. Having worked in international schools for most of his career Frazer is particularly interested in the way language is used in multilingual educational settings. He continues to study and contribute to research in this area, holding both Masters and Doctorate degrees in education.

An ex-runner, Frazer enjoys sport, particularly mountain and road bike racing, despite his knees not being what they once were. He is also a keen snowboarder and mountain walker though both are quite difficult in Singapore. Frazer is married to Rebecca and has two children, Matthew and Hannah, both of whom are at the Dover Campus.


Opinion
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Jocelyn Sutherland
Grade 5 Teacher

School Infrastructure, Teaching and Learning
De-escalating the academic 'race'... 
Dr Frazer Cairns
Head of Dover Campus

Frazer Cairns started his career as a management consultant and journalist after graduating from the University of York in the UK. He retrained as a science teacher and subsequently taught in the UK, Indonesia and Switzerland. Having worked in international schools for most of his career Frazer is particularly interested in the way language is used in multilingual educational settings. He continues to study and contribute to research in this area, holding both Masters and Doctorate degrees in education.

An ex-runner, Frazer enjoys sport, particularly mountain and road bike racing, despite his knees not being what they once were. He is also a keen snowboarder and mountain walker though both are quite difficult in Singapore. Frazer is married to Rebecca and has two children, Matthew and Hannah, both of whom are at the Dover Campus.


Opinion
Recognising individuality helps develop self motivation 
Brian Ó Maoileoin
Primary School Principal, UWCSEA Dover

Brian Ó Maoileoin, B.Ed; M.Ed (Educational Management) joined UWCSEA in August 2000 as a Grade 2 teacher. He has since served as Head of Grade 4 and as Vice Principal and was appointed Principal of the Junior School in June 2008. He was also elected by the staff to serve a two-year term on the College's Board of Governors from 2004 to 2006.

Originally from Ireland, Brian studied at the National University of Ireland (M.I. College of Education) in Limerick, specializing in Education and the Irish Language, in which he is fluent. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Management from the University of Sheffield.

With over 24 years' teaching and management experience, both in Ireland and Singapore, Brian brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his position. He has spoken at educational conferences on the topics of Curriculum Development, Curriculum Leadership and School Leadership.

Together with his wife Kate, Brian is kept busy at home with three children, all of whom are students UWCSEA Dover Campus. His interests include reading, music, singing and drama.


Opinion
Learning through ‘play’ in the Infant School 
Nicole Tripp
Primary Mathematics Coach
Olivia White
Primary Literacy Coach

Holistic Learning Programme, Teaching and Learning
A pivotal factor in student success and in delivering our mission 
Dr Erin Robinson
Middle School Principal

Dr Erin Robinson joined UWCSEA East as Middle School Principal in 2015. Erin holds a Masters and Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Denver with a focus on curriculum, educational leadership, and cultural competency. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined the relationship between teacher cultural competency and student engagement. 

Erin has had the privilege of working in a variety of school settings both as a school leader and as a teacher, including Colorado, USA, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She began her educational career as both a High School and Middle School science teacher.

Erin enjoys consulting and leading workshops around assessment, standards-based reporting, and culturally competent practices. She has been involved in school accreditation visits in the EARCOS region as both a visiting team member and leader. Erin is passionate about student learning and thoroughly enjoys working with young adolescents.


Research, Teaching and Learning, UWC
Making deeper meaning in Middle School Service 
Claire Psillides
Head of Middle School Service, Chair of Service, and Teacher of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Development, East Campus

Holistic Learning Programme, Sustainability, Teaching and Learning, UWC
A reflection on a Forbes magazine article about UWC 
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Opinion, UWC
As relevant today as 50 years ago 
Ian Tymms
Middle School Head of English

Ian Tymms, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, M.Ed joined UWCSEA in August 2012 to teach Middle School English and Humanities. He has been involved in the UWCSEA Curriculum Articulation Project and in the adoption of the “Workshop” approach to teaching literacy in the Middle School at East.

Ian grew up in Australia and studied English literature and Psychology at Melbourne University, with postgraduate studies at The University of Tasmania and Deakin University. Ian’s Masters research focussed on school cultures.

At the end of Grade 12, Ian was offered a scholarship to complete a 32 day Outward Bound course and he went on to work for Outward Bound Australia as an instructor. From this experience, Ian has retained a lifelong interest in Outdoor Education and Hahnian ideals. Ian has a passion for sailing and spends many of his holidays hiking in Austria or Australia with his wife, Sharon, and their two children.


Holistic Learning Programme, Opinion, Teaching and Learning, UWC
The power of making meaning when things go wrong 
Dr Frazer Cairns
Head of Dover Campus

Frazer Cairns started his career as a management consultant and journalist after graduating from the University of York in the UK. He retrained as a science teacher and subsequently taught in the UK, Indonesia and Switzerland. Having worked in international schools for most of his career Frazer is particularly interested in the way language is used in multilingual educational settings. He continues to study and contribute to research in this area, holding both Masters and Doctorate degrees in education.

An ex-runner, Frazer enjoys sport, particularly mountain and road bike racing, despite his knees not being what they once were. He is also a keen snowboarder and mountain walker though both are quite difficult in Singapore. Frazer is married to Rebecca and has two children, Matthew and Hannah, both of whom are at the Dover Campus.


Opinion
Nurturing more than technology skills 
Alison Forrow
Digital Literacy Coach

Leadership, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning, Technology
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